Easter weekend sees Manchester United bid to extend their Premier League winning streak, FC Bayern Munchen and Marseille compete in their nation’s Klassiker/Classique, Real Madrid attempt to stay flawless against bottom-half foes and the start of Belgium’s complex Championship Playoff.
As ever, each of these continental clashes are open to bwin.com’s £30 bonus for new customers:
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Aston Villa were 4-0 victors at Sunderland in their most recent away game, but didn’t score in any of the six prior to that, losing the lot for good measure. In total, they have fired ten blanks in 13 on the road since conquering Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in September, suffering nine defeats in the process.
Manchester United have won four Premier League matches in a row and conceded just once in the process, winning the Old Trafford outings in that sequence 2-0 and 3-0 against Sunderland and Tottenham, so 19/20 looks a mighty fine price on the Red Devils beating Villa to nil.
Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munchen
There aren’t many chances to back FC Bayern Munchen at above evens to win a Bundesliga match, so don’t let the opportunity to get behind them at 21/20 to triumph at underperforming Borussia Dortmund pass you by.
Pep Guardiola’s men won 3-0 on their previous league visit to Signal Iduna Park and they have collected an extraordinary 55 points from an available 57 against sides sixth or lower this term.
Dortmund have prevailed in a rather disappointing five of their 12 home Bundesliga encounters, failing to score on as many occasions.
Real Madrid v Granada
Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid are overwhelming 1/14 favourites to deliver in this second-versus-second-bottom showdown at the Bernabeu, though there is the appealing option of taking the 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 home wins as a package at 21/10.
The Champions League holders have won all 15 of their fixtures against teams tenth or lower in La Liga, keeping ten clean sheets in the process. Real shut out Granada in their last three meetings and beat them 3-0 and 2-0 the past two times that they hosted them.
Since the start of December, Granada have leaked three goals or fewer in all of their league games.
Olympique de Marseille v Paris St-Germain
There is a great deal riding on Le Classique. Paris St-Germain took over the Ligue 1 leadership before the international break but Olympique de Marseille will overtake them with a victory at the Stade Velodrome, where they have won 11 out of 15 in 2014/15.
Other reasons to consider backing Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the win at 21/10 include that Paris St-Germain have lost three of the last five away to their rivals and have returned with three points from just one of their eight Ligue 1 trips to opponents placed 13th or higher this season.
RSC Anderlecht v SC Charleroi
RSC Anderlecht are the absolute masters of the Jupiler Pro League Championship Playoff, taking the title in each of the last three campaigns despite starting the process a distant third last term, so heading into this edition at a two-point disadvantage won’t phase them.
By contrast, this is SC Charleroi’s first taste of this format and they enter it bottom of the six-club pile.
They were unable to get on the scoresheet in four of their last five away games and four of their previous six ventures to the champions’ Constant Vanden Stockstadion, so the 21/20 on them failing to net is an attractive price.